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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

FBI digs up horse farms looking for bodies linked to the Gambino crime family


The FBI has been digging for bodies at two upstate New York horse farms in connection to ongoing federal investigations into the Gambino crime family, according to sources.

Federal authorities arrived at the properties on Hampton Road in Goshen and on Hamptonburgh Road in Campbell Hall on Tuesday and spent Wednesday searching the grounds, according to News 12 and an FBI spokesperson.

They descended upon the Orange County farms — located just five miles apart — after a tipster said bodies were buried on the properties, a law enforcement source confirmed.

“The activity is related to federal investigations into the Gambino crime family,” the source said.

Investigators were seen using heavy equipment, including a backhoe, and shovels, NBC 4 News reported.

No remains were found Wednesday, but the search will continue Thursday.

News 12 reported that both farms were formerly owned by Giovanni DiLorenzo — who has the same surname as one of the ten alleged mafiosos from the Gambino crime family who were indicted last week over accusations they used violent tactics to take over the Big Apple’s garbage hauling and demolition industry.

The 16-count indictment lists the defendants as Joseph “Joe Brooklyn” Lanni, 52, of Staten Island; Diego “Danny” Tantillo, 48, of Freehold, New Jersey; Robert Brooke, 55, of New York; Salvatore DiLorenzo, 66, of Oceanside, New York; Angelo “Fifi” Gradilone, 57, of Staten Island; Kyle “Twin” Johnson, 46, of the Bronx; James LaForte, 46, of New York; Vincent “Vinny Slick” Minsquero, 36, of Staten Island; Vito “Vi” Rappa, 46, of East Brunswick; and Franceso “Uncle Ciccio” Vicari, 46, of Elmont, New York.

Much of the indictment centers on the group’s alleged attempts to extort money from an unidentified garbage hauling company and an unidentified demolition company, starting in late 2017.

The defendants — who include made men and mob associates of the infamous Brooklyn crime syndicate — allegedly attacked one victim with a hammer so viciously he was sent to the hospital, threatened to cut a business owner in half with a knife and tried to burn down a restaurant they were thrown out from, among other brutal crimes.

The men were hit with charges including racketeering conspiracy, extortion, witness retaliation, fraud and embezzlement.

They each face between 20 and 180 years in prison for the laundry list of crimes they allegedly committed. 





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